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7: The "Robin Hood" Approach
Demonstrations and violent clashes with the authorities seem to be on the rise, particularly around environmental issues.
19: October Manifesto
One hundred years ago, on October 17, 1905, Tsar Nicholas made what turned out to be an ineffective attempt to bolster democracy and save his throne.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
24: Survival Russian
Where we consider Moscow's summer heat wave and its impact on language.
26: Bishkek and the Great Game
Until a few months ago, Kyrgyzstan was just another quiet, corrupt, post-Soviet republic in Central Asia. But behind the curtain of obscurity, more challenging issues were simmering. Then, this past spring, things really started to get interesting.
:: Illustrations/Images by Max Lovell-Hoare
34: By the Shores of Issyk-Kul
One of the most impressive explorers in Russian history died on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, in present-day Kyrgyzstan. But, of course, there is much more to the life and story of Nikolai Przhevalsky.
:: Illustrations/Images by Laurence Mitchell
41: Pushkin Turns 300
Once the Romanovs’ summer home, Pushkin is a sleepy suburb of St. Petersburg with a storied history. And, thanks to the presence of royal palaces, it is also one of Russia’s most touristed towns.
44: Salmon Island
Sakhalin Island and the Russian Far East are home to one of the world’s most vital wild salmon populations, supplying nearly 20 percent of the North Pacific’s catch. Yet it is also in grave danger.
52: Moscow on the Thames
History would have been much different if Queen Elizabeth had accepted a proposal from Ivan IV in the sixteenth century. Nonetheless, London today bears the stamp of centuries of Russo-British interaction.
60: Still Life with Beets
62: Reading for the Fall
Reviews of the books "When They Come for Us We’ll Be Gone" (Gal Beckerman), "The Holy Thief" (William Ryan), "Guardians" (Andy Freeberg) and "The Littlest Enemies" (Deborah Hoffman, trans.) and the two films "Miss Gulag" and "The Concert".
Film & Television
64: The Kremlinologist Catechism
There is a catechism that dominates American discourse on Russia today, any many of its underlying assumptions are unsupported by facts, figures or statistics.
65: Uchites 08
The eighth edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the life and poetry of poet Sergei Yesenin to explore word roots, verb aspects, word endings, the prefix/preposition "po", and more. Two recordings are also available online.